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Doctrine of Human Good

August 16, 2013

1. Human good is the good that unbelievers do and the good that believers do when
not filled with the Holy Spirit.
a. This can includes some of the great works of philanthropy. In some cases,
the glorification of man is obvious. 60 Minutes often does segments on
rich people who give their money away to various philanthropic causes.
One such segment had one of these men putting his name to various
buildings to immortalize his own philanthropy.1
b. Believers do the same thing. Believers who are not filled with the Spirit or
The Doctrine of Human Good
do not know how to be filled with the Spirit often do good things, like giving
to the church, working in a soup kitchen, seeing a touching cause on
television and sending in money. These are all good things, but not
eternal in the plan of God. 1Cor. 3:10–15
2. Because human good is dead within the plan of God; it is called dead works in
Heb. 6:1.
3. All human good is repulsive to God. God does not appreciate, accept, encourage
or condone human good. Isa. 64:6 (All of our righteousness acts are as filthy
rags in His sight) Gen. 4:4
4. Human good has no value in the plan of God. 2Tim. 1:9: Our Lord saved us and
called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own
purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.
5. Human good is not the same as legitimate morality under the Laws of Divine
Establishment. Rom. 13:1–7
a. A society must be moral in order to survive.
b. A society which is immoral but filled with human good could easily selfdestruct.
This describes a significant portion of the culture of the United
States today.
6. No amount of good works (human good) will save man. Titus 3:5 Eph. 2:8–9
7. at the Judgment Seat of Christ, the human good of believer will be both revealed
and destroyed. 1Cor.3:10–16
8. In the final judgement of Rev. 20:12–15 (which is not the same as the Judgment
Seat of Christ), the basis of the indictment against unbelievers will be human
good. Sin has been paid for on the cross, which means that God does not punish
the unbeliever for his sins. Just as it would violate God’s justice to ignore sin, it
would also violate His justice to judge sin twice. The only sin in play, is the sin of
rejecting Jesus Christ as Savior. John 3:36 Rom. 2:6–8
9. The production of human good will not save man. Eph. 2:8–9 Titus 3:5
10. Human good often results in human glorification. Rom. 4:2 Eph. 2:9
11. Human good is the good the believer produces when he is not filled with the
Spirit. This can include things that believers associate with divine good, e.g.,
giving money to a church, visiting the sick, missionary activity, etc. If you are not
filled with the Holy Spirit, then whatever you do will not have eternal impact, but
it will be burned at the Judgment Seat of Christ. 1Cor. 3:11–16
12. Human good is also the good which unbelievers produce. This may include any
of the activities listed above (unbelievers do go to church) or things like, picking
up a piece of trash, buying compact fluorescent bulbs for your house to save the
environment, being nice to someone they do not like, etc.
13. We believers remain on this earth, after salvation, to produce divine good, which
glorifies God and is represented by gold, silver and precious stones in 1Cor. 3:12.
Eph. 2:10